Anyway, over the course of all that moving up the coast, I sort of followed spring the whole way.
Dublin, with all the rain, the highs around 17 (the mid 60s) and the lows around 10 (50), feels a lot like April to me.
When I went to the hardware store to acquire plants for my windowbox and pots, I asked about what would do well here. The short version is that all those plants that are a distaster in Virginia, thrive here. The garden man was shocked when I told him that I considered geraniums to be a spring plant only and that they often had trouble growing in Virginia. They are the old reliables here, popping up in just about every garden and window box and looking lovely for months.
I have finally gotten what all the fuss is about roses and why those colonists worked so hard to bring over some roses. Of course, they give us fits in the US climate with our fungi and pests but here, they are beyond lovely.
I have also decided that I must manage to put some cosmos and anemones into my garden in Blacksburg. Look at these beauties!
We also pass this lovely plant on our way to Sandymount proper. I have yet to figure out if it's a Rose of Sharon or a tree peony. (Should tree peony be capitalized?)
Oddly, at least to my eyes, the mild winters allow exotics that would never make it through a winter in Blacksburg to flourish here. It's not uncommon to see date palms getting ready to fruit as well as other types of palms. Fuscia plants are commonly planted in the ground and grown as perennials here while being strictly seasonal, hanging basket plants in most of the US.
I suspect it would be difficult to have a black thumb in a country where flowers even grow on the roof!